MISSION

Our mission is to foster a creative ecosystem based in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, through the cross-pollination of artist residencies, educational outreach and groundbreaking immersive artworks from local, national and international artists.

VISION

We believe that culture is an investment in civil society, and such an investment benefits from the existence of open, dynamic and fluid enclaves fostered by artists and other creative people. We believe that gathering together and sharing knowledge and resources within these enclaves will improve both our artworks and our communities. We believe in the commingling of different ideas, energies and initiatives as a means of sparking innovation and radical possibilities in art and society. We believe in culture as an ongoing creative process, and we seek to support and feed that process through our various programs and initiatives.

In this way, Culture Mill powers an arts ecosystem. It is a generator. It sustains an ecosystem. Utilizing the image of a mill, Culture Mill operates in circular movements, pulling in art and audiences, followers and friends of all different sorts, letting it mix together and sending it outward at the same time. Like a mill, it is composed of different moving parts and interlocking mechanisms. These parts are its residency program, its education and outreach programs and its crafted immersive experiences. Culture Mill values a circular exchange of resources, ideas, energy and social and creative capital within a community, rather than linear transactions. As it draws multiple energies in and spirals new ones out, Culture Mill is distinctly and necessarily grounded in a place: Saxapahaw, NC


Murielle Elizeon (co-director)

  Murielle Elizéon is a french dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher. She grew up in Southern France, and studied Italian Literature and Dance Aesthetics while completing her dance training. She began her professional dance career in Paris in 1995. As a dancer/performer/choreographer, she has toured with various dance companies in France (Thomas Lebrun), Switzerland (Joachim Schlömer), Denmark (Soren Sundby, Palle Granhoj), and Germany ( PVC-Tanz, Euhn-Me Ahn). She has also collaborated with theater directors such as Robert Wilson, Tom Schneider and Anna Mac Cracken. Murielle's choreographic work (solo and duets) has been presented in France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, and Slovakia. Since 2008, she has collaborated with Tommy Noonan on several creations projects such as Tout court, Labyrinth, The Engagement and What doesn’t Work.  As a movement artist, she is interested in the ever-evolving condition of the body and the complexity of human experience, as well as in the creation of diverse temporary communities. She has been creating/leading/participating in many community projects involving various abilities and ages groups such as Switchkasten, After All and Augenblick (Theater Freiburg, Germany). She completed a DanceAbility Teacher certification with Alito Alessi in Vienna, Austria in 2010. She believes in the importance of movement practice and creative process in education,  and is leading Culture Mill's unique program for an embodied, impactful, inspiring, and collaborative Arts Education in public schools. She is a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic teacher, having taught for 20 years in France, Germany, Denmark, Slovakia and the US, for a diverse public (Professionals dancers and actors, Seniors, children with SpecialsNeeds). She holds a BA in Dance education from RIDC, Paris, France. Murielle has also danced, taught and performed Argentine Tango for more than 10 years, using the form as a tool to access clarity of intention, body awareness, communication and connection to others.

 

Murielle Elizéon is a french dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher. She grew up in Southern France, and studied Italian Literature and Dance Aesthetics while completing her dance training. She began her professional dance career in Paris in 1995.

As a dancer/performer/choreographer, she has toured with various dance companies in France (Thomas Lebrun), Switzerland (Joachim Schlömer), Denmark (Soren Sundby, Palle Granhoj), and Germany ( PVC-Tanz, Euhn-Me Ahn). She has also collaborated with theater directors such as Robert Wilson, Tom Schneider and Anna Mac Cracken.

Murielle's choreographic work (solo and duets) has been presented in France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, and Slovakia. Since 2008, she has collaborated with Tommy Noonan on several creations projects such as Tout court, Labyrinth, The Engagement and What doesn’t Work

As a movement artist, she is interested in the ever-evolving condition of the body and the complexity of human experience, as well as in the creation of diverse temporary communities. She has been creating/leading/participating in many community projects involving various abilities and ages groups such as Switchkasten, After All and Augenblick (Theater Freiburg, Germany). She completed a DanceAbility Teacher certification with Alito Alessi in Vienna, Austria in 2010.

She believes in the importance of movement practice and creative process in education,  and is leading Culture Mill's unique program for an embodied, impactful, inspiring, and collaborative Arts Education in public schools. She is a skilled, experienced and enthusiastic teacher, having taught for 20 years in France, Germany, Denmark, Slovakia and the US, for a diverse public (Professionals dancers and actors, Seniors, children with SpecialsNeeds). She holds a BA in Dance education from RIDC, Paris, France.

Murielle has also danced, taught and performed Argentine Tango for more than 10 years, using the form as a tool to access clarity of intention, body awareness, communication and connection to others.

  Tommy Noonan is a director, choreographer and performer currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. His work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Mexico. He was awarded a DanceWEB scholarship to attend ImPulsTanz in 2006. In 2008 he was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protogé Arts Initiative in the field of Dance; in 2009 he was a contributor to Forum PRISMA in Mexico City. Tommy has written texts for publication in Revisita Obscena (Portugal) and Freies Theater Journal (Austria) and the Performance Journal (New York City). His lecture: “Disorganized Organization”, was given in Istanbul for Team Network’s 2008 symposium on cultural management, with support from the Goethe Institute. Tommy has collaborated as a performer together with Grayson Millwood and Gavin Webber in the creation of “Food Chain”, which premiered in Australia’s Sydney Festival in January 2011, and has appeared in the works of Graham Smith, Tom Schneider and Joachim Schlömer. His research and work in public space performance has been seen in the collaboration: “Area”, with Georg Hobmeier, as well as in his work: “Labyrinth”, which took place between Argentina, Germany and Austria. His conversations on performance and public space have appeared in the acclaimed: “Guidebook of Alternative Nows”. He directed “The Engagement” for the Maxim Gorki Theater’s Heinrich von Kleist festival in Berlin and continues to tour his works such as “Wilderness”, “What Doesn’t Work”, and “Brother Brother”. He recently collaborated with Movoir/Stephanie Thiersch in the creation of the installation: “Memory Machine” for Tanzhaus-nrw in Düsseldorf, as well as with Dennis Deter for “Blow Boys Blow”, which premiered at Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany in February 2016. Tommy regularly teaches classes and workshops both internationally as well as locally in North Carolina (the American Dance Festival Studios, Carolina Friends School, University of North Carolina graduate program in Theater Studies, Elon University).  His most recent work is a solo titled "John", which premiered in October of 2016 in Durham, NC. More about Tommy's works at tommynoonan.org

 

Tommy Noonan is a director, choreographer and performer currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. His work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Mexico. He was awarded a DanceWEB scholarship to attend ImPulsTanz in 2006. In 2008 he was a finalist for the Rolex Mentor and Protogé Arts Initiative in the field of Dance; in 2009 he was a contributor to Forum PRISMA in Mexico City. Tommy has written texts for publication in Revisita Obscena (Portugal) and Freies Theater Journal (Austria) and the Performance Journal (New York City). His lecture: “Disorganized Organization”, was given in Istanbul for Team Network’s 2008 symposium on cultural management, with support from the Goethe Institute.

Tommy has collaborated as a performer together with Grayson Millwood and Gavin Webber in the creation of “Food Chain”, which premiered in Australia’s Sydney Festival in January 2011, and has appeared in the works of Graham Smith, Tom Schneider and Joachim Schlömer. His research and work in public space performance has been seen in the collaboration: “Area”, with Georg Hobmeier, as well as in his work: “Labyrinth”, which took place between Argentina, Germany and Austria. His conversations on performance and public space have appeared in the acclaimed: “Guidebook of Alternative Nows”.

He directed “The Engagement” for the Maxim Gorki Theater’s Heinrich von Kleist festival in Berlin and continues to tour his works such as “Wilderness”, “What Doesn’t Work”, and “Brother Brother”. He recently collaborated with Movoir/Stephanie Thiersch in the creation of the installation: “Memory Machine” for Tanzhaus-nrw in Düsseldorf, as well as with Dennis Deter for “Blow Boys Blow”, which premiered at Uferstudios, Berlin, Germany in February 2016.

Tommy regularly teaches classes and workshops both internationally as well as locally in North Carolina (the American Dance Festival Studios, Carolina Friends School, University of North Carolina graduate program in Theater Studies, Elon University).  His most recent work is a solo titled "John", which premiered in October of 2016 in Durham, NC. More about Tommy's works at tommynoonan.org


Team

Coordination and Production Support: Ginger Wagg

Bookkeepping and Accounts Payable: Jessica Jones

Strategic Support and Development Consultant: John Klein / Trilithon Partners

In-house photographer: Emily Miller

Legal Council: Robert Saunders

Intern: Braxton Tubbs

Other staff, Volunteers & Collaborators

Leah Wilks, Lightsey Darst, Catey Christiansen, Jon Haas, Aubrey Griffith-Zill, Kellie-Ann Grubbs, Tim Scales, Mark Dragon, Gabriel Baldasaare, Trevor Helms, Linda Pucci, Shaleigh Comerford, Don Carlson, Deborah Amaral, Andrew A, Rayle, Mary Guitaras, Matthew Ford, Lisa Joyner, Matthew Shepherd, Liam O'Neill, David Parrins, Chris Vitiello.


Board of Directors

 

Shirley Drechsel

Tom LaGarde

Doug Williams

Heather LaGarde


Culture Mill receives support from The Kenan Charitable Trust, The Haw River Ballroom, The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The N.C Arts Council: a division of the Cultural Resources through Alamance Arts, FACE Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and generous donors like you.